BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Police say a homeowner's
association bookkeeper has confessed to forging 34 checks that total
$31,248.73, telling police he needed to money to pay his children's
college tuition and expenses.
Cruz, 56, of 2659 Yarmouth Drive in Wellington, was
arrested Wednesday following an investigation by
Boynton Beach Police that began March 21 after Cruz's
employer, Apogee Association Services, got a call
from client Meadows on the Green, a Boynton Beach condo
homeowners association whose president noticed a check
to a vendor instead had Cruz's name as the payee.
say Cruz would change checks approved by the homeowners
association to his name as the payee. Canceled checks
also had his name as the endorser on the back.
told police he had not slept or eaten since he stole the money, and was
prepared to sell his home to pay back the amount taken, according to the
police report. In a subsequent interview, he told police he was prepared
to pay $25,000 to the HOA.
was arrested on charges of organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and
34 counts of forgery and uttering a forged instrument.